Obama Administration Articles

Hear No Evil

The administration’s move to silence a Pentagon strategist.
Nov 18, 2013

Andrew Marshall, the longtime director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, has had a number of titles conferred on him over the years. A 1999 profile in Washingtonian magazine dubbed him “the most influential policy maker you have never heard of.” Others of us who have known him over the years have christened him “the Jedi Master” because, like the enigmatic Yoda from the George Lucas Star Wars saga, he has an uncanny ability to see ahead and to grasp the strengths and weaknesses of the nation’s adversaries.

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Report: Only 50K Enrolled in Private Plans Via Obamacare Site

4:48 PM, Nov 11, 2013

Fewer than 50,000 Americans have signed up for private health insurance plans via healthcare.gov, the federal insurance exchange website that opened on October 1. The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Jindal: Government Tells 'Parents to Sit Down and Shut Up'

1:24 PM, Oct 23, 2013

An organization representing Louisiana parents shouldn't be allowed to intervene in a federal lawsuit against the state's school voucher program, the Department of Justice said in a response to a motion requesting legal intervention.

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Kristol Podcast: No Reason to Panic, Republicans are in Pretty Good Shape

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:20 PM, Oct 08, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the shutdown and the Republicans' position in resolving Obamacare, funding the government, and the debt ceiling.

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Jindal Ad: Keep Feds Out of Health Care, Education

2:41 PM, Sep 20, 2013

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is continuing his public campaign against the Obama adminstration and its lawsuit halting the state's public school voucher program. In a new ad airing on TV in Louisiana, Jindal criticizes the Department of Justice's suit, saying the federal government "wants to run our schools."

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Misjudging al Qaeda

Aug 19, 2013

Anyone following the news even casually last week surely noticed the long parade of Obama administration officials trotted out before the cameras to insist their boss, the president, has always understood the serious and ongoing threat presented by al Qaeda and its affiliates—emphasis on affiliates. The assurances came after intelligence about imminent and possibly large-scale attacks on U.S. and Western interests led the administration to shutter nearly two dozen U.S. embassies in the Middle East and South Asia for several days.

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Phony Baloney

A pathetic new scandal defense.
Aug 12, 2013

During his speech on the economy last month in Galesburg, Illinois, Barack Obama suggested Washington should stop focusing on an “endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals.” He repeated the line about “phony scandals” in another speech on July 25 and in his weekly address on July 27. Obama, whose approval rating has been falling since the spring, has been rocked by months of scandal coverage. His administration’s strategy to change the subject, it seems, is to channel its inner Holden Caulfield.

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On Benghazi, 78 Percent Say Questions of W.H. Response 'Should be Taken Seriously'

9:01 AM, Aug 09, 2013

Lately, the Obama administration has taken to referring to "phony scandals" that have distracted Washington from the important issues--namely, the White House's domestic agenda.

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Post to Obama: Don't Let National Defense Decay

11:46 AM, Aug 05, 2013

The Washington Post editorial board criticizes the Obama administration's dereliction of duty on defense spending:

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'Core' Al Qaeda Closes U.S. Diplomatic Facilities

7:20 AM, Aug 03, 2013

On Friday, the State Department announced that 21 diplomatic facilities (now updated to 22), from North Africa through the Middle East and into South Asia, are to be closed this weekend in response to an al Qaeda threat.

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State Dept. Finally Fills Vacant Position After Cruz Pledged to Block Nominees

9:12 AM, Jun 29, 2013

Earlier this week, Texas senator Ted Cruz pledged to block State Department nominees until the federal agency filled the vacant inspector general position. Almost two days later, the State Department nominated Steve Linick for the position, which has been vacant for nearly 2,000 days.

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The Big Chill

An Obama administration ‘blueprint’ targets free expression on campuses.
Jun 10, 2013

It's a well-known fact that on most college campuses, supposedly havens of academic freedom, you really have to watch what you say.

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Kristol Podcast: IRS, NSA, and the Week in Review

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:06 PM, Jun 07, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol 

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Podcast: Playing With Fire in Syria

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:26 PM, Jun 06, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Thomas Donnelly, Resident Fellow and Director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute on his forthcoming editorial on the conflict in Syria.

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More Polling Shows Americans Care About Benghazi, IRS Scandals

12:10 PM, May 19, 2013

A new poll from CNN demonstrates that Americans say the continuing investigations into two scandals that have arisen in the last week are important.

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Gallup: Majority of American Say Benghazi, IRS Scandals are 'Serious Matters'

8:57 AM, May 18, 2013

Most Americans say that the issues being raised by congressional hearings into the Benghazi terrorist attacks and the revelations that the IRS unfairly targeted conservative groups "involve serious matters that need to be investigated." According to a new poll from Gallup, 69 percent of those polled agreed that questions over the Obama administration's public response to the September 11, 2012, attack on the Ame

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Carney Throws State Under Bus on Benghazi

10:06 AM, May 10, 2013

Ron Fournier, writing at National Journal on the growing Benghazi scandal:

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Boehner Weighs In on Benghazi Talking Points

3:22 PM, May 08, 2013

House speaker John Boehner is criticizing the White House's reaction to the revalations, first reported by Stephen F. Hayes for THE WEEKLY STANDARD, that the administration's talking points on the terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last September were altered. From a press release from the speaker's office:


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Civilization and Barbarism

Apr 29, 2013

And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?

They were, those people, a kind of solution.

How many times in the last century have these concluding lines of C. P. Cavafy’s famous 1898 poem, “Waiting for the Barbarians,” been quoted? How many modern intellectuals have pondered the subversive implications of that sophisticated question? 

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Senate Confirms Kerry for State

4:46 PM, Jan 29, 2013

The United States Senate voted 94 to 3 to confirm one of its own, John Kerry of Massachusetts, for the office of secretary of state. Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz (both of Texas) and James Inhofe of Oklahoma were the only senators to vote against Kerry's nomination to succeed Hillary Clinton at the State Department. Kerry himself voted "present."

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Americans Petition For, Against Deportation of CNN Host Piers Morgan

"No one in the UK wants him back."
2:50 PM, Dec 26, 2012

CNN host and British national Piers Morgan ginned up controversy earlier this month when he criticized American gun laws and berated a gun rights advocate in an on-air rant following the shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Mysteries of Benghazi

Nov 12, 2012

November 6 is not only Election Day, it's also the eight-week anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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Our Fearless Misleader

Oct 08, 2012

After more than two weeks of obfuscation and misdirection from the Obama administration, the American public is coming to understand what the U.S. intelligence community learned in the 48 hours immediately following the September 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Among the important new details:

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Double Dip for Donilon

12:02 PM, Jun 27, 2012

Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon reports that the national security advisor to the president, Tom Donilon, is double dipping:

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Iran Says No

2:20 PM, Apr 16, 2012

The Obama administration set forth its demands of Iran in advance of this past weekend’s negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program.

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Politicizing Intelligence

8:45 AM, Apr 09, 2012

The politicization of intelligence by the Obama administration continues apace. 

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The Obama Way of War

To the rear, march!
Jan 30, 2012

You can criticize Barack Obama—and fear not, I’m about to—but he has been a consequential president. Obamacare, his signature domestic accomplishment, is a substantial step toward the government-run health care program that Democrats have long desired. It may be hard to get rid of, even with a Republican president and congressional majorities. Undoing the effects of Obama foreign and defense policy won’t be any easier. Beginning with the Libya intervention, the president has been charting a new direction for American strategy and acting with great energy to create a fait accompli that will make it difficult for a successor

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Lead from the Front

Jan 30, 2012

Last week, Syrian security forces withdrew from Zabadani, a town near Damascus where defectors from the army and other antiregime elements had been exchanging heavy fire with the army. In Lebanon, some democracy activists believe that an opposition victory in a major Syrian city will energize Bashar al-Assad’s enemies, dooming his regime at last.

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A Nightmare of a Dream Team

Obama’s intellectuals.
Dec 19, 2011

Is it possible that the people who run the Obama administration aren’t as smart as we’ve been led to believe?

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House Solyndra Panel Subpoenas White House Docs

11:14 AM, Nov 03, 2011

Politico reports:

A House panel investigating Solyndra voted Thursday to subpoena internal White House documents on the failed California solar company.

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